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2020 GREATER HILLTOP OPEN

Due to Coronavirus complications we will not be having the Hilltop Open Golf Outing in 2020. 
We will have a bigger & better outing in 2021!

Now Open for Business:
Alert Black Entrepreneurs to apply for the Franklin County Community Equity Fund

The Franklin County Business Growth and Equity Alliance, a collaboration between the Franklin County Commissioners, One Columbus and the Columbus Urban League is pleased to announce the launch of the Franklin County Community Equity Fund (FCCEF), to provide grants to black owned and historically disadvantaged businesses.
The fund, administered by the Columbus Urban League, is now accepting applications at www.cul.org/fund.
Black-owned for-profit Franklin County enterprises, in business since August 2019 with a revenue loss of 25% or more since the onset of COVID-19 may be eligible for one of three grants:
● Open Doors – up to $15,000 for companies of five employees or less.
● Employers+ – up to $100,000 for companies of 6-25 employees.
● Technology Retention – up to $50,000 for digital or technology companies.

Additional details on eligibility can be found at www.cul.org/fund.
The Equity Alliance seeks to ensure black-owned and other businesses disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and systemic racism recover and thrive despite recent setbacks – a critical step forward for Central Ohio’s economic health.

*Update*
Columbus-Franklin County COVID-19 Small Business Response and Recovery Fund

ALL businesses in Franklin County are now eligible. Please open this handout attached and read to see where this can help you.

The City of Columbus, along with funding and advocacy partners, Rev1Ventures, ECDI, Finance Fund, J.P. Morgan Chase, Franklin County and Next Street, is rolling out a new program to help small businesses recover and get back up and running safely and affordably.

Financial Assistance is provided for:
* Financial Relief
* Personal Equipment Procurement assistance
* Training and Technical Assistance

www.rev1ventures.com/columbus-covid-19-small-business-response-and-recovery-fund

Read the PDF here
 
On the website you will find:
Information about 3 types of grants or loans available to you being a small business, sole proprietor or independent contractor. Training and assistance questions answered that is very comprehensive.
The Hilltop Business Association is proud to be a Neighborhood Referral Partner for this program. If you apply for any of this assistance, please indicate on your application that you heard about it through the Hilltop Business Association.
Please note, membership to the Hilltop Business Association is not required to access this assistance. This is offered to any small business that meets the requirements of the program. We gladly assist you, whether a member or not. Helping small business such as yours get back up and running is our goal!

Know a small business that could benefit from this assistance? Please feel free to forward!

Please contact me directly should you have questions or need assistance.

Nancy Rhynard
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614-531-5665

Deadline Extended COVID-19 Small Business Response & Recovery Fund

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until September 11, 2020


Fund Program Overview & Requirements

With the updates made to the Fund in Round 2, businesses citywide are now eligible for Recovery Grants and Pivot Loans if they otherwise meet the qualifications (these are no longer restricted to companies located in Low and Moderate Income areas of the City).

In Round 2, Businesses outside of the City but within the balance of Franklin County are now eligible for Recovery Grants regardless of business owner income (no longer restricted to Low and Moderate Income business owners). Having received PPP/EIDL funding is no longer a disqualifier for Franklin County businesses outside of the City of Columbus municipal boundaries.

How To Apply

Applications are open. The application inquiry deadline has been extended to Friday, September 11, 2020.

This is will be the final extension, and thus represents the final closing date for the Fund under its current configuration. Anyone who completes an inquiry by 9/11 will have ample time to collaborate and submit a full application.

Business owners will be matched with the regional Entrepreneur Support Organizations (ESOs) and Technical Assistance Providers to complete and submit an application.

The Hilltop Business Association is a proud neighborhood organization helping with this project. We are happy to assist you regardless of membership. Our goal is to keep small business IN BUSINESS!

Apply here:

 Columbus-Franklin County COVID-19 Small Business Response and Recovery Fund


Hilltop Bean Dinner Festival 2020

Due to concerns over the coronavirus restrictions for at least the next several weeks, and uncertainty about when it will be safe for people to be part of a large crowd again, the Hilltop Business Association has decided to cancel the Hilltop Bean Dinner for 2020.
This is a hard decision, as the HBA has sponsored the Hilltop Bean Dinner for nearly 100 years now. However, public health and safety is everyone’s first concern. In addition, the HBA spends nearly $7,500.00 to put on the Bean Dinner each year, and it seems unwise to expend those funds for an event that may well be cancelled by the government.
The HBA plans to be back in 2021 with the best Bean Dinner ever. We will be doing what we can to improve conditions on the Hilltop in the meantime. Please remember Hilltop restaurants and other small businesses while we are still under quarantine and stay safe.

COVID-19 Information

Join the HBA

Learn more about the HBA HERE

JOIN The HBA

Existing HBA Members can make a payment through the website or renew their Membership. We use Paypal for payments, if you do not have a Paypal account please go through the checkout process as a guest.

2020 Bean Dinner Festival

Due to concerns over the coronavirus restrictions for at least the next several weeks, and uncertainty about when it will be safe for people to be part of a large crowd again, the Hilltop Business Association has decided to cancel the Hilltop Bean Dinner for 2020.
This is a hard decision, as the HBA has sponsored the Hilltop Bean Dinner for nearly 100 years now. However, public health and safety is everyone’s first concern. In addition, the HBA spends nearly $7,500.00 to put on the Bean Dinner each year, and it seems unwise to expend those funds for an event that may well be cancelled by the government.
The HBA plans to be back in 2021 with the best Bean Dinner ever. We will be doing what we can to improve conditions on the Hilltop in the meantime. Please remember Hilltop restaurants and other small businesses while we are still under quarantine and stay safe.

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